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MS Am 801.2

Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872. John P. Bigelow papers, 1805-1896: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 801.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872.
Title: John P. Bigelow papers,
Date(s): 1805-1896 (inclusive) 1814-1863 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (9 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters, diaries, and papers of American politician John P. (John Prescott) Bigelow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Prescott Bigelow; received: 1927.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John P. Bigelow Papers, 1805-1896 (MS Am 801.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Bigelow was secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and then mayor of Boston.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

The collection, which consists primarily of letters to Bigelow, is both personal and professional in nature, covering his family life and law student days as well as his political career. While the major correspondent is Governor of Massachusetts Edward Everett (391 letters), there is also much correspondence with family members and friends, including Andrew Bigelow and Bigelow's brother-in-law Abbott Lawrence while Lawrence was ambassador to England. Includes Bigelow's diaries and notes on his trips, addresses and articles, a memoir about his sister Anna, and documents reflecting his public career. Also contains a few journals of other family members and miscellaneous pamphlets and clippings.

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